Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

General Admissions Standards

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or graduate GPA of at least 3.5 if the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.
  • GRE scores are required for admission to the Interdisciplinary Program. Most students admitted to the interdisciplinary graduate degree program receive GRE scores above the 50th percentile.
  • TOEFL = 80 (Internet-based exam), 213 (electronic exam) or 550 (paper exam) is required if an applicant is not a citizen of the U.S. and requires an F-1 visa.  the IELTS may be substituted in some cases. Minimum score is 6.5.

Interdisciplinary PhD Admissions Procedure and Forms


Completing this application will require you to work closely with the chair of your planned graduate advisory committee and at least one other committee member. If you encounter problems or have questions, please contact Shelly Baumann at

Review and subsequent recommendation to accept an application is made by the Interdisciplinary Council, composed of faculty experienced in interdisciplinary studies.  The Council may also ask for revision of your application or it can reject it. This replaces the discipline-based application process, where a department committee makes the recommendation. With all PhD applications, confirmation of a recommendation to admit is needed from the home department chair, the relevant dean, and the Dean of the Graduate School and Interdisciplinary Programs.


  1. Interdisciplinary PhD Application Checklist and Instructions, which provides the information on how to apply and how and where to submit the required supplemental materials (shown in Parts A-E below):
    1. PART A – Statement of Academic Goals
    2. PART B – Applicant Summary
    3. PART C – Research Prospectus
    4. PART D – Proposed Graduate Study Plan (GSP)
    5. PART E – Letters of Endorsement from faculty housed in two different departments (see below) (NOTE: Until further notice, the School of Education can no longer house PhD students.)
      1. Letter of Endorsement - Proposed Committee Chair
      2. Letter of Endorsement - Proposed Committee Member
    6. Other materials, such as your Resume/CV and Letters of Recommendation must be uploaded through the Admissions Portal.  Official Transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores must be sent to UAF directly.  Further details are available on the aforementioned PhD Application Checklist

Questions about the process can be directed to Shelly Baumann at

DEADLINES: Your application and associated materials are due in full by March 1st for fall admission and October 1st for spring admission

Interdisciplinary Master's Degree Admissions Procedure and Forms


Students applying to an Interdisiciplinary Master's must submit the following:

  • An application for admission via the Admissions Portal by March 1st for Fall 2017 and October 1st for Spring 2018
  • Submit three letters of reference that address the academic qualifications for the degree program to which you are applying. Reference letters must be dated not earlier than one year prior to the date of application to the INDS program. Reference letters should specifically address the applicant's qualifications to pursue a Master's degree at UAF.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA*),
  • Current C.V. or resume,
  • A proposed Graduate Study Plan (GSP)  The courses proposed in the GSP must reflect the interdisciplinary nature appropriate for the degree. Each proposed committee member, your proposed advisor, the department head, and the dean of your proposed advisor must sign the proposed GSP. Without these signatures the proposed GSP is void. The proposed GSP is for admission review purposes only. INDS applicants must include a current curriculum vita of the proposed major advisor with the application.
  • Statement of academic goals, indicating why you want an interdisciplinary graduate degree.  Include your qualifications and educational experience.
  • Official GRE scores* from within the last 5 years with scores at 50% or higher in two of the three test fields (GMAT equivalent),
  • Submit a concise research proposal (in addition to the Statement of Academic Goals). Your research proposal provides an overview of your proposed plan of work, including the general scope of your project, your basic research questions, hypothesis, specific aims, research methodology, expected outcomes, the overall significance of your study, and the linkages to the academic disciplines of the proposed INDS program. Essentially. your proposal explains what you want to study, how you will study this topic, why this topic needs to be studied, and (generally) when you intend to do this work. The research proposal and the statement of academic goals are important in the committee's evaluation process and hence must be the work of the applicant. It is appropriate and necessary to consult with the proposed major advisor about the overall research objectives, particularly if the work will be part of a funded project. 
  • INDS applicants are instructed that their proposed major advisor must review and approve their completed application, including the statement of research goals, before it is submitted to the Graduate School. The INDS Proposed Graduate Study Plan includes the statement:  "I have reviewed the proposed INDS [Master's/PhD] Graduate Study Plan submitted by this applicant and agree to serve as the major advisor to this applicant if he/she is admitted...", with a signature line for the proposed major advisor. This signature must be obtained before the application will be reviewed.

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